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The Joe Gransden 16 Piece Orchestra is asking for your support to help them keep Big Band Jazz & Swing alive in the hearts of all!!
The Joe Gransden 16 Piece Orchestra is asking for your support to help them keep Big Band Jazz & Swing alive in the hearts of all!!
173 backers pledged $39,820 to help bring this project to life.

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    The Joe Gransden Atlanta, Ga based 16 Piece Big Band would love your support funding their new recording project! The project is a collection of American song book classics along with some very hip new originals & arrangements!  

    Our mission is to help restore relevance and passion for the Big Band sound! We hope to re-imagine the continuation of new Big Band music for today and into the future, becoming the classics that tomorrow's musicians will study! We also seek to feature the individual talents of the JG Big Band, showing how each player's unique set of skills contributes to the overall power and class of the ensemble!

    One of the greatest challenges when producing a project of this size and magnitude consisting of a 16 piece orchestra, world class engineers and producers is the funding. We will be recording, mixing and mastering at one of the best sound producing studios in the Southeast!

   Thank you for considering folks! We would be honored to take you on this journey with us! The recording process is intense. We will constantly be uploading videos from the sessions and updating our page with photos. We want you to be a part of this new cd! it's going to be a blast!!

  We appreciate your contribution so much and we are thrilled that the sound of the Big Band is close to your heart!

  Thank you!

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Last day to pledge - We are soooo close - TELL A FRIEND!!!

BUT THE CLOCK IS TICKING NOW!

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We are almost there! Let's make MAGIC!
We are almost there! Let's make MAGIC!

Joe Gransden - Leader, Vocals, Trumpet

Mace Hibbard - Lead Alto Saxophone

Sam Skelton - Alto Saxophone

John Sandfort - Tenor Saxophone

Mike Walton - Tenor Saxophone

Don Erdman - Baritone Saxophone

Wes Funderburk - Lead Trombone/Arranger

Tom Gibson - Trombone

Kevin Hyde - Trombone

Lee Watts - Bass Trombone

Chip Crotts - Lead Trumpet

Clark Hunt - Trumpet

Kevin Lyons - Trumpet

Hardin Butcher - Trumpet

Melvin Jones - Trumpet

Geoff Haydon - Piano

Neal Starkey - Bass

Justin Varnes - Drums

     The Joe Gransden 16 Piece Big Band is quickly becoming one of the busiest groups on the jazz scene. Originally formed in 2009 Joe and the guys have continued to build momentum and are performing numerous shows around the country. The bands new release entitled “Songs of Sinatra & Friends” has sold incredibly well and is getting radio air play all over the world! The reviews have been fantastic! The cd was recorded in Atlanta Georgia where the band holds a steady gig twice every single month. "The Big Band truly has its own sound and really swings!" Says Gransden, "I attribute that to the arrangements that were all written by jazz trombone great Wes Funderburk! It's such a pleasure to front a band of top musicians that can interpret Wes's arrangements perfectly! These guys are the best!” 

Here's what people are saying about Joe and the Band:

SMOKEY ROBINSON says: "Joe has an innate ability to connect with an audience. His singing and trumpet playing are world class. Throw in his 16 piece big band and you have something very special!"

CLINT EASTWOOD: "Joe is a young man with and old soul and a classic voice. He is a great new talent with a wonderful sense of humor to boot. And don't forget, he plays a hell of a trumpet!"

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN: “I love listening to Joe perform because he has a marvelous connection with the music he plays and sings. His innate understanding of interpreting classics is something that you can't learn, it's natural. He is a great musician!”

KENNY G: "Joe Gransden is one of those rare musicians that has it all. He is an incredible instrumentalist with the technique of a virtuoso. His imagination let's him improvise as we'll as anyone on the planet and yet he retains a sense of melody that let's listeners of all musical tastes enjoy his wonderful playing. That should be enough, but for Joe, its just the beginning. Add to this a beautiful singing voice that let's him do all of the above with words!!! As I said, Joe really does have it all.

FREDDIE COLE: "Joe is an extraordinary musician and on top of that, a wonderful person and that ain't no lie. With Joe singin' and the band swingin' It's a Beautiful Thing!” For more information on Joe and the Band please visit: www.joegransden.com

BOB WEINER: “Joe is an extraordinary musician. His singing, reminiscent of great jazz and pop singers of the past, is a style entirely of his own. His trumpet playing creates jazz that is unique, creative and melodic.” 

 

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 The MAGIC continues through the holidays with a special recording of the band's new Holiday CD offered as a KICKSTARTER Reward. We just left the studio and are so happy to offer this special reward to all of our friends! See rewards in right column to pledge yours today.

Only a few days left to get yours!

Our most popular reward! Starting at the "Silver Level 1" pledge
Our most popular reward! Starting at the "Silver Level 1" pledge

 

wow...58 names added to our "Thank You" credits!
wow...58 names added to our "Thank You" credits!

 

 

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Where will the funded money go?

Recording Studio costs

Production costs

Mixing/Mastering

Disk duplication

Musicians

Artwork

Photographer

Publishing

Marketing

Video Production

Musical Charts

With your generous support we can make this happen together!

Thank you so much!

Be a part of the magic!

For more info:

http://www.joegransden.com/html/

Risks and challenges

One of the biggest challenges when recording a band this size (beside the financial commitment) is the studio. We are pleased to announce that this project will take place in the brand new "Brighter Shade" recording studio just outside Atlanta, Ga! We are also extremely excited to have our good friend from the Zack Brown Band the talented John Driskell Hopkins as our co-producer along side the amazing Thom "TK" Kidd!! Both are award winning engineers!!
We can't wait for you to hear this new recording!

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    You + 1 are invited to be a special guest at a Joe Gransden Big Band Show in your area. Package includes 2 backstage passes. Your name will be written in the thank you credits on the album plus the full Bronze Level package!

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    You at the recording session. Come experience first hand the thrill of being in a top notch recording studio with The Joe Gransden Big Band as the lay down tracks for the new cd!
    Lunch will be served during your visit!
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    The Joe Gransden Trio performs a private intimate concert for you at your home!
    Joe and His small group will have you swinging for two hours straight!
    Must be within 75 miles of downtown Atlanta GA. (locations beyond 75 miles require transportation and lodging).
    Based on availability. Offer is good from Jan. 2017 until Jan. 1st 2019.
    You will also receive the full Bronze and Silver Level packages!

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    Record a song with The Joe Gransden Big Band!
    Your favorite tune will be arranged by Wes Funderburk and recorded by the band along with you singing or playing your favorite instrument.
    You will also receive the full Bronze, Silver and Gold Level packages!

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    The Joe Gransden Big Band at your event!
    Enjoy a private concert from one of the top Big Bands in the country! Joe and the guys will have you swinging for two hours straight!
    Must be within 75 miles of downtown Atlanta GA (locations beyond 75 miles require transportation and lodging).
    Larger audiences may require the additional expense of sound, lights and staging.
    Offer is good from Jan. 2017 until Jan. 1st 2019. You will also receive the full Bronze and Silver Level and Gold packages!

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